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Faculty Focus: New Book by Nicholas Baldwin Asks -- Does Size Matter?

Legislatures of small states: A study by Dr. Baldwin

Dr. Nicholas DJ Baldwin, Dean of Wroxton College has completed a study entitled Legislatures of small states: A Comparative Study to be published by Routledge in the fall of 2012 (December 24, 2012). This study compares legislatures of small nations, states and territories. It provides a comparative outlook on the extent to which size is a factor in how they function and fulfill the roles and responsibility of a legislature. The physical nature and environment of states is a factor that is not explored in many political science works of research. Dr Baldwin explores the impact of small state size on the structure and functions of legislatures and contributes to a better understanding of the interplay of physical and social factors. In doing so he employs an interdisciplinary approach to examine both the outcomes and the causes of different political mechanisms, and brings to the surface an underlying correlation between small states through this analysis. Initiated and edited by Dr. Baldwin and with contributions from an international array of academics and practitioners – including Dr. Baldwin himself – the study highlights legislatures of 36 democratic units, with case studies on Malta, Bermuda, Jersey, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, the Isle of Man, Commonwealth Caribbean, Nunavut (Canada), Pacific islands, Swaziland, and Scotland.

Legislatures of Small States will be of interest to students and scholars of international politics, comparative politics and legislative studies to answer the understated question, “does size matter?”, and recognize that factors such as the size, natural conditions of a state significantly influences its legislatures. The book can be preordered on prior to its release, and will be delivered when it arrives.

Dr. Baldwin acquired a B.A. (Hons.) degree in Special Politics from the University of Hull in 1979, and was later awarded his Doctorate from the University of Exeter for which he focused on the Contemporary House of Lords. In addition, Dr. Baldwin lectured on issues concerning national and international politics while working as a research assistant in Industrial Relations. He served as Special Assistant to a group of Members of the House of Lords in the early 1980s, and in the 1983 General Election was a Candidate for election to the House of Commons. Starting off as a Lecturer and Tutor in British Government and Politics at Wroxton College, he was later appointed Head of the College - the chief academic, administrative and financial officer with responsibilities for the organization, development, management and operation of the College. 

Dr. Baldwin is also a member of the prestigious ‘Study of Parliament Group’ and an Associate of the Centre for Legislative Studies, with the following publications: Beyond Settlement: Making peace last after civil conflict (with VE Shields) (FDU Press/Associated University Presses, USA, 2008 (forthcoming)), Mastering British Politics (with FN Forman) (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2007, 1999 and 1996), Parliament in the Twenty-First Century (Politico's/Methuen, 2005), Executive Leadership and Legislative Assemblies (Routledge, 2005), Legislatures and Executives: An Investigation into the Relationship at the Heart of Government (Frank Cass, 2004), Second Chambers (with D Shell) (Frank Cass, 2001), and contributions to The House of Lords: its Parliamentary and Judicial Roles (Hart, 1999), The Law and Parliament (Butterworths, 1998), The House of Lords at Work (OUP, 1993), Parliament & Pressure Politics (OUP, 1990) and Parliament in the 1980s (Basil Blackwell, 1985). He has also written and contributed to reviews, journal articles and press releases on issues concerning the parliament, and is a series editor with responsibility for developing & soliciting manuscripts for Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Associated University Presses. 



Dr. Nicholas DJ Baldwin, Dean of Wroxton College, FDU
Thursday, November 29, 2012